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“Hate U Give” author, anthem protester, among speakers for Black History Month, MLK Jr., celebrations

January 12, 2020

Angie ThomasAngie Thomas, the author of the best-selling novel The Hate U Give, will speak at Earlham as part of the College’s annual Black History Month celebration.

Thomas will give the College’s Convocation at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, February 5, in Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall. The event, which is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum, the Office of Student Life and the Office of Events, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Thomas’ convocation will trace the development of her debut novel, which was published in 2017, and speak on topics related to race, activism and social change.

The College also will screen the popular 2018 movie that is based on Thomas’ novel. The screening will begin at noon on Sunday, February 2, at the May-Crossen Student Commons in Runyan Center.

Additional activities are also planned to celebrate Black History Month, including:

  • Austin Dean AshfordA performance of the one-person play Black Book will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 8, in Goddard Auditorium. This one-person play, which is sponsored by Earlham’s Artist and Lecture Series, was written and performed by M.F.A. playwright and actor Austin Dean Ashford. It debates what happens to young minds when educational spaces begin to resemble a prison more than a place to learn and grow. Tickets are required and cost $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at earlhamcollegeevents.eventbrite.com or by calling the Runyan Center Box Office at 765-983-1474, beginning Wednesday, January 15. 
  • Mahmoud Abdul RaufA lecture by former NBA player and social justice advocate Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf entitled “Social Justice: Kneeling to Take a Stand” will take place on Sunday, February 16th, at 7 p.m., in Goddard Auditorium. (Please note the new date and time.) Abdul-Rauf, who protested the national anthem 20 years before former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, will speak about his life, reference prominent African American thinkers, philosophers, activities and athletes, and discuss growing up as a person of color. This lecture is sponsored by the College’s Diversity Progress Committee, the Office of Religious Life, the Office of Student Life, the Office of Events, and the Center for Social Justice.

Panel to celebrate life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.At 7 p.m., on Monday, January 20, a four-person panel will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event takes place in Loose Lecture Hall, Room 105 - Landrum Bolling Center. The event is free.

The panelists include: Candace Miller, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity and a Visiting Assistant Professor in O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University; Elizabeth Nelson, Assistant Professor in the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI); Kumar Jensen '12, Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer for the City of Evanston, Illinois; and Maria Jose Ramos '14, an expert in real estate as well as in financial counseling for non-profits.

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Princeton Review ranks Earlham in the Top 15 nationally for Best Classroom Experience, and U.S. News & World Report recognizes the College as one of the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools,” and ranks EC 7th for the percentage of international students on campus, 25th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and 34th for “Best Value.”

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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